Skin Testing Specialist

South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group -  - Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialist

South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group

Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Physicians located in San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Redwood City

In order to get the most effective treatment for your allergies, it’s important to know the underlying cause of your symptoms. At South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group, the board-certified allergy and immunology physicians specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all types of allergies and perform skin testing to determine the underlying cause. To schedule your allergy skin testing, contact the office in San Jose, Los Gatos, Mountain View, or Redwood City, California, by phone or through the online booking tool today.

Skin Testing Q & A

What is skin testing?

Skin testing is a diagnostic tool South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group uses to determine the underlying cause of your allergies. During the test, your doctor scratches your skin to a small amount of suspected allergen and monitors for a reaction.

Am I a good candidate for skin testing?

South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group determines if you’re a good candidate for skin testing during your allergy evaluation. You may benefit from the diagnostic test to confirm or rule out a suspected allergen. 

In some cases, your doctor may run a blood test to narrow down the cause of your allergies and then conduct skin testing to pinpoint the allergen. 

South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group offers allergy skin testing for:

  • Food allergies
  • Insect sting allergies
  • Pet allergies
  • Hay fever
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Drug allergies

Allergy skin testing is considered very safe, even for infants and young children.

How do I prepare for skin testing?

Your allergist at South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group provides specific guidelines on how to prepare for your allergy skin testing. 

To ensure you get the most accurate results, it’s important that you provide your doctor with a list of all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you take, as well as any supplements. They may advise you to stop using your antihistamines and other medications for 3-7 days prior to skin testing.   Please see our list of medications to avoid under “Patient Information”.

What happens during skin testing?

Your allergy skin testing takes place at the office under close supervision. First, your doctor cleans your skin with alcohol and then properly marks it for the placement of each allergen. 

Once they prep your skin, your specialist pricks your skin with individual droplets of the suspected allergen next to the corresponding mark. 

About 15 minutes after the testing, your skin is examined for a reaction. If you’re allergic to a tested substance, your skin reacts by developing a raised, red, itchy bump, similar to a mosquito bite. 

What happens after skin testing?

Once your doctor determines the cause of your allergy symptoms, they are able to develop your personalized treatment plan to minimize symptoms. Treatment options at South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group include medications to manage symptoms, as well as immunotherapy.

Call South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group or request an appointment online to schedule your skin testing. 

Call South Bay Allergy and Asthma Group or request an appointment online to schedule your skin testing. 

Please stop the following medications for
7 days:


 

– Antihistamines such as Claritin/Loratadine

– Clarinex/Desloratadine

– Allegra/Fexofenadine

– Zyrtec/Cetirizine

– Xyzal/levocetirizine

– All vitamins and supplements

– Over the counter allergy medicines, cold or cough remedies

– Over the counter sleeping aids, as they usually contain an antihistamine

 

Please stop the following medications for
3 days:


 

– Benadryl/diphenhydramine

–Astelin/Astepro/Dymista/

Azelastine

– Patanase/Patanol/Olopatadine

 

Please continue:


 

– Singulair

– All asthma inhalers

- All nasal steroid sprays including Flonase/Nasacort/Rhinocort